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Mon, Mar 20, 2017 7:00pm –


Roone Arledge Auditorium
2920 Broadway
Lerner Hall
New York  New York  10027
United States
Students Organize for Syria

A Night of Music from Aleppo

Students Organize for Syria at Columbia University are proud to host Yousef Shamoun and the Tarab Ensemble for a Night of Music from Aleppo. The concert will feature Muwashshahat and Qudud Halabiya as well as vocal and instrumental improvisations.

Often considered to be the epitome of songs in the Arab world—especially in the Levant—the Muwashshahat are strophic poems set to music. Of Andalusian inspiration, they treat the themes of love, longing and spirituality. They continue to be cherished and even composed by Syrians at home and abroad. The Qudud Halabiya are lighter songs in both standard and colloquial Arabic that are well-known around the Arab world today.

Yousef will be accompanied by:

Mohamed A. Alsiadi (Oud)
Zafer Tawil (Qanun)
Samer Ali (Violin)
Mohamed Nabawi (Accordion)
Jawad Bohsina (Keyboard)
Carlos Fakhoury (Bass)
George Radi (Percussion)
Najeeb Alsahoum (Percussion)

Yousef Shamoun was born in Aleppo, Syria. Aleppo is home to a strong tradition of composing and singing the Muwashshahat and the Qudud Halabiya. It is also known for its Tarab, a musical style which means “enchantment." Yousef belongs to the school of great Aleppian singers such as Sabah Fakhri,Mohamad Khairy and Omar Al-Batsh. He is known for both his mastery of the mawwal (non-metric vocal improvisation) and for his powerful rendition of the Arabic Maqam. Yousef is passionate about both preserving the classical tradition of Muwashshahat while also experimenting and innovating with their style and structures. As an active member of the Syrian-American community, Yousef has performed in several events and countries throughout the US, as well as Canada, Europe and the Middle East.